Is 'Dabbing' The New Drug Of Choice For Teens?

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Is 'Dabbing' The New Drug Of Choice For Teens?

September 17, 2013 Updated Sep 17, 2013 at 9:05 AM EDT

UNITED STATES (RTV6) - A new twist on an old drug and is becoming more popular among some teens.

The drug is called “Butane Hash Oil” or BHO but on the street it goes by many names including shatter, wax, ear wax, honey oil, amber or dabbing.

The drug is called dabbing because you only need a dab, ABC15.com reported .

“It's something that you need one hit of and you’re good for quite a while," said Shane Watson with the “Not My Kid” organization.

Watson helps educate parents on the dangers of teens and drugs. Watson speaks from the heart, because he’s lived with the addiction hash oil can cause.

“I was the good student, I was the good kid, I was smart, I was strong and I was successful,” recalls Watson.

He was the kid no one guessed would do drugs, but he did. He started with alcohol and marijuana, but his curiosity lead him to hash oil and other drugs.

“I told myself tales that's not going to happen to me, I can out think it, I can out power it, I can outwork it,” said Watson.

But he couldn’t. Soon the drug was overpowering him.

“It was intense. I felt like I was walking through wet concrete.”

Watson lost a decade of his life to addiction. He hurt those around him and soon found he had lost everything.

“The bottom was waking up (in jail) being charged with multiple felonies. In one shot, in one evening, everything was gone," recalls a remorseful Watson.
Now Watson and Not My Kid are seeing a rise in the popularity of hash oil among teens, some users as young as 11 years old.

In the latest butane form of hash, oil is much more potent.

According to Not My Kid, strong strains of marijuana contain 25 percent tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, while some butane hash oil can contain upwards of 60 to 90 percent THC.

For teens, it’s easier to conceal, easier to carry, but much more dangerous to make.

“It uses butane, a very dangerous and flammable solvent and there have been fires. There have been explosions,” explains Watson.
Watson points out to a recent explosion where cooking a batch of “Dab” set off back-to-back explosions and sent glass flying 15 feet into the air.

Another danger is butane can be left in the oil.

“The person that uses it could be smoking butane which is neurotoxic and very dangerous,” Watson warns.

The oil is thick like honey and sometimes the same color. It can be a yellow wax like honey combs or ear wax, but it can tar colored.

Watson tells ABC15 teens will often use household items to make “Dab."

Parents should look for items like butane containers, glass or metal tubes, glass baking dishes, isopropyl alcohol, and coffee filters.

“It's a reality out there and it's something parents need to be aware of and wake up to that it is happening,” Watson stresses.

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